Idaho man encourages students to work toward goals by breaking world record

Students learn about working hard to reach a goal by watching man break world record.

BOISE - Learning how to set goals is an important lesson for students. What's a better demonstration of reaching a goal than breaking a Guinness World Record?

Tuesday, David Rush did just that. Students piled into a room at Lake Hazel Library in Boise to see Rush show off a unique set of skills.

Before the main event of breaking a world record, Rush juggled various objects and balanced a chair on his face. He says that all of the fun and games are aimed to teach the audience a lesson about perseverance.

Rush said, "I'm trying to get them excited, get their attention with juggling and then say 'hey, if you work hard at anything, you can accomplish your goals."

Rush specifically focused on encouraging students to work hard in classes like math and science. He says his motivation for this is rooted in his own experiences. 

"I didn't get into the gifted program in second grade." Rush explained,"But when I went to MIT I worked hard there, and done very well back here in Boise, but I wouldn't have gotten into MIT if I had said 'I'm not smart' in second grade."

He hopes that if the children see that he worked hard and was able to break a world record, they will be confident in their own ability to work toward a goal.

"I try to show them a tangible example that if they set their mind to a goal and pursue it with a passion they can accomplish anything. Including setting Guinness World Records," said Rush.

Rush went on to break a world record - one that was just as unique as his other skills. Rush popped 95 balloons by sitting on them in just one minute. He shattered the previous record of 77 balloons.

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